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Main Street Moment: The holidays are upon us

By Carol Knight • Amory Main Street Director As we all know, places do not revitalize themselves. It is people working hard who help downtown areas fully maximize their potential and become communities of choice for residents and tourists alike. Amory Main Street cannot exist without strong community support and volunteers. I don’t consider any […]

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Wishing for a movie script ending before theater rolls its final credits

Some childhood memories are simply glorious. I remember my brother and I getting dropped off at what was, at that time, the Amory Twin Cinema to watch “Back to the Future.” It was awesome, but nothing compared to when we went to Amory Twin to see “Little Shop of Horrors.” The crowded theater was filled […]

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Well. Now that that’s over and done with…..

Throughout the entire alcohol issue in Amory, I would casually let people know I didn’t have a dog in that fight when the conversation pointed at that. I could see positives from both sides of the fence and wasn’t afraid to say that alcohol being an economic savior for the town and a complete demoralizer […]

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One of Mississippi’s greatest stories to ever be retold for years

Those big plays in the high school games are held onto as long as grudges in the small towns that host them. They’re the egotistical victories and snarky resentments that fill and eat at our cores for years in the small little worlds we live in day-to-day and year-to-year. In-state rivalries never fizzle out either, […]

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Fall, winter seasons kick off host of Amory events

By Devy Ferguson, director of the Amory Visitors Bureau By the time you read this, you’re accustomed to fall and its cooler temperatures and colorful foliage that are turning our thoughts toward the holiday season. As much as I love summertime, I am always relieved to see those hot, humid days retire! It’s time for […]

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Tale of ticketing trooper takes a turn

Do you remember your last encounter with the Mississippi Highway Patrol? Of course you do. Blue flashing lights, a moment of dread and then a handwritten invitation to deposit money into the state’s coffers. All too often our only encounter with officers of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol is the result of getting caught driving […]

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Living with Alzheimer’s: Troubling behaviors

By Mary Nell Dorris, executive director of First Friends Respite Care Center. Hopson and I were checking out with a huge basket of groceries. He suddenly said to the cashier, “Will you please page my wife?” I can still see her look in slow motion. First, she looked like she was going to tell him how […]

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They like us; They really, really like us

In a misinterpretation of an Oscar speech that stuck, Sally Field, in 1984, spouted off a variation of the famous saying, “You like me. You really, really like me,” as part of her acceptance speech for Best Actress for “Places in the Heart.” Five years later, America really liked her set in the backdrop of […]

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Make the most of Fall planting

Two of the most exciting activities in the fall are cheering on our favorite team and gardening. As temperatures begin to drop and rains become more frequent, some of us get excited about working in the garden again. Whether you are planting new shrubs and trees, replacing dead ones, or dividing existing plants, fall is […]

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